The Iowa Library Association fosters a community of innovation and advocacy, supporting and strengthening our members to promote libraries as an essential resource for all Iowans.

ILA Vision Statement - Engaging Iowans and building community through Iowa libraries.


The Iowa Library Association was established in 1890. It is the second oldest state library association in the country.  ILA has approximately 1300 members.  Membership is comprised of librarians, library workers, trustees, students, and friends.

IOWA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. Records of the Iowa Library Association, 1890-1996. 38.5ft. ILA was founded in Des Moines, IA in 1890 to make library service readily available to all Iowans. These records document the organization's history and current activities with reports, minutes, correspondence, photographs, district me...



Membership in the Iowa Library Association has many benefits, but we've outlined a few below for your review!

Keep Iowa's libraries strong.  Your financial commitment to the Iowa Library Association will help Iowa's libraries and the more than one million Iowans who use them each year.

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